The California Endowment’s 2017 Arnold X. Perkins Award Winner: Monterey County Health Department
The Monterey County Health Department was selected as The California Endowment’s 2017 Arnold X. Perkins Award for Outstanding Health Equity Practice.
Advancing Health Equity Awards 2017: Highlighting Health Equity Practice in California Public Health Departments is intended to recognize and support innovative local public health department work that strives to achieve health equity. The purpose is to showcase and reward public health department practices that can inform future work committed to health equity. It will draw from a wide range of existing initiatives to profile unique examples of work that go beyond the traditional scope of public health department programs and show promise of making significant progress in reducing health inequities.
Our journey to achieve health equity in Monterey County started in 2011 with the adoption of our Health in All Policies Strategy in our Health Department Strategic Plan. Monterey County’s strategic platform states that “promoting access to equitable opportunities for healthy choices and healthy environments in collaboration with communities” is a priority. This statement adopted by our Board of Supervisors allows us to be intentional about crafting and implementing work that aims to target and eradicate health disparities across the County. Our inside – outside approach to helping advance health equity was recognized as the most compelling example of work on health equity in California. Our strategies highlighted: engagement of community residents through our enLACE, leadership and civic engagement academy; engagement of local policy makers and planning departments to improve the infrastructure for walking and biking in South County; engagement of Health Department staff through our Health Equity Scholars Academy; and engagement of County Administration in Governing for Racial Equity with the County being accepted as a member of the 2017 Governing Alliance for Race and Equity Cohort.
Recognition by one’s own public health peers is the greatest honor than can be bestowed upon us. We are very proud of our commitment, passion, and perseverance to achieve health and racial equity in our community.